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Special issue: “Big Data: A New Opportunity for Transport Geography?”

This Special Issue published by the Journal of Transport Geography and edited by Emmanouil Tranos and Elizabeth Mack aims to critically assess and demonstrate how new sources of big data and the related methodological developments have influenced transport geography research. Specifically, the special issue demonstrates the value of such data sources by presenting a collection of cutting edge geographical empirical studies, which take advantage of the ‘three Vs’ that characterize these data (variety, volume, and velocity). In these pieces, a variety of data sources are utilized, which range from train timetables and flows to bike sharing data, to Tweets and to data about individual mobility trajectories from wearable global positioning system (GPS) devices. Transport geography has always been a cross-disciplinary community, but it seems that the availability of new sources of big data has drastically enhanced this characteristic of the field. The special issue can be found here: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2018.08.003

This special issue is the output of an international workshop, which was co-organized by the Institute of Prospective Technological Studies at the Joint Research Centre (JRC) and NECTAR Cluster 8 in March 2016 in Seville, Spain. The success of the event, in terms of the large number of participants (around 40 presentations), and also the cross-disciplinary nature of the participants, which included engineers, transportation geographers, urban planners, physicists and cultures geographers initiated this special issue.

 

Themed volume on “Aging and Mobility” in the journal “Research in Transportation Business and Management”

Population aging is a social phenomenon which is affecting different sectors in life including transport. As a result, the body of literature dealing with the mobility of older people and its determinants is developing. On the one hand, older people are remaining much more active and mobile being healthier, licensed to drive, more educated and working longer. On the other hand, the highest increase in the older population is within the older-old segment due to the “aging of aging”. The benefits of mobility in later life and active aging have been widely documented and evidenced. However older people are usually considered as one of the transport disadvantaged groups. More knowledge is needed on the management of transport systems so as to cater for and adapt to the needs of aging societies. This themed volume focuses specifically on managing mobility and transport systems so as to improve the quality of life of older people whilst simultaneously working towards sustainable mobility.

This themed volume welcomes both theoretical and empirical contributions that address the management of mobility in later life. Invited topics should be related, but not limited to:

  • Evaluation of different transport infrastructures and their impact on older people as drivers, pedestrians, cyclist or public transport users;
  • The effects of neighbourhood designs and built environment on the quality of life and mobility of older people (e.g. age in place concepts).
  • Assessment of “new” transport services that can improve the mobility of older people;
  • Novel methods that identify and manage the mobility needs and perceptions of older people that have a higher risk of transport deficiency;
  • Empirical data from under-researched case studies such as from contexts in the developing world;
  • Analysis and implications of new technologies specifically targeted to improve mobility as people age.

If you are interested in submitting a paper, you are kindly requested to send a 300 word abstract by the 20th August 2018 to deborah.mifsud@um.edu.mt and maria.attard@um.edu.mt

Following the review of all the abstracts received we will submit the proposal to the editors for consideration and provide feedback to the authors. We expect the full papers by 19th November 2018 to start the review process. We expect publication of the themed volume before the end of 2019.

 

Call for papers

The journal “Research in Transportation Business & Management) has issued a call for papers for a special issue on “New developments in the global transport of Agricultural Products, Energy and Natural Resources” (guest Edited By: Christopher Clott and Albert Veenstra). More info can be found here:

https://www.journals.elsevier.com/research-in-transportation-business-and-management/call-for-papers/new-developments-global-transport-agricultural-products

Special Issue on “Technologies and Control for Sustainable Transportation”

Transportation Research Part C will publish a Special Issue on “Technologies and Control for Sustainable Transportation”. The CFP is available here: http://www.journals.elsevier.com/transportation-research-part-c-emerging-technologies/call-for-papers/special-issue-on-technologies-and-control-for-sustainable

This special issue calls for papers that contribute to mathematical models, methodologies, quantitative analyses, and advanced applications that address the impacts of novel technologies and control systems to enhance the sustainability of (urban) transportation systems.

Deadline for submissions is September 15, 2016